San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Animation Roundup

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

The doors of San Diego Comic-Con 2018 were virtually bursting with animation news, announcements, and trailers. Fans of all kinds rejoiced as the four-day convention brought updates on previously known properties and promises of completely new projects.

If you missed any of the incredible outpours, The Daily Fandom has you covered. Here’s everything upcoming in the arena of animation. (Note: Hyperlinks for the trailers and clips mentioned are respectively throughout the article. I totally understand if you pause from reading to watch them. They’re incredible. Come back when you’re done.)

The Marvel-sphere

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is one of the most highly anticipated animated films of the year. Set to release December 14, 2018, the film follows Miles Morales, a kid with spider-powers, as he undergoes mentorship from Peter Parker, the original Spider-man.

Sony released the trailer for the movie earlier this year. They showed new footage at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, but the biggest reveal was the announcement of three characters in the film.  Sony has confirmed Spider-man Noir, Peni Parker (along with her SP//dr mech suit), and Spider-ham (three “Spider-people” from different universes) will make an appearance in the story.

Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

The fifth season of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble was previously confirmed to be titled Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest. We got a sneak peek at the character design process for the wondrous Wakandans earlier this year.

At Comic-Con, we got to see those characters in action in a never-before-seen clip. Thus, we can at least verify that Kraven the Hunter (a poacher-themed Spider-man villain) will be in the season airing September 23, 2018.

Marvel Rising: Initiation

One of the biggest moves from Marvel Animation is the coming release of Marvel Rising: Initiation, a series of connected shorts that will focus on young Marvel characters of diversity.  So far, we know Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen/Ghost Spider, Quake, and Patriot will play major roles at the beginning.

Marvel released the trailer for the shorts just ahead of San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Catch Marvel Rising: Initiation on Disney XD come August 13, 2018.

The DC-sphere

Young Justice: Outsiders

Throngs of fans have waited on a batted breath for the return of the beloved show Young Justice.  The story follows the formation and progression of a team of the sidekicks and young heroes of the DC universe.

The long-awaited season 3, Young Justice: Outsiders won’t be released until 2019 on the DC streaming service DCUniverse. But finally, fans of the stellar series have at least a trailer enjoy.

The Death of Superman

The newest animated feature from DC, The Death of Superman, premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.  From the trailer released earlier this year, the film seems to be a fairly faithful adaptation of the original titular comic, with a few artistic modifications. The Death of Superman is available on digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and on-demand.

Reign of the Supermen

Following hot off the heels of The Death of Superman, we got updates on the animated movie to follow, Reign of the Supermen. DC will release the new movie in 2019. It will follow the aftermath of Superman’s demise.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Syfy (the sci-fi centered television channel) got a sneak peek at the progress of the film and a brief highlight trailer with portions of finished animation.

DC Animation Movies (General)

The full roster of DC animated movies slated for 2019 is a bit unconventional. Usually, DC produces three animated features a year. In 2019, there will be four.

Reign of the Supermen will be released early in the year. Afterward, Batman: Hush, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will roll out as the year unfolds.

DC Super Hero Girls

DC Super Hero Girls, the action figure franchise, has previously been brought to life in a collection of animated shorts. But last year, we learned producer Lauren Faust (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) would be spearheading a brand new animated show.

This year at SDCC, Syfy got exclusive interviews with cast members, the producer, and director of the show providing updates on the current trajectory.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis

At the end of Comic-Con, DC released Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis on DVD, Blu-ray, digital, and on-demand. The trailer, released in May, shows the movie is about Aquaman and the Justice League as they save Atlantis and the world from the Red Lantern leader Atrocitus.

IGN unveiled an SDCC exclusive clip of the film, and Syfy released a second new clip post-convention. The film, though not for everyone, is an endearing work of animation.

The Netflix-sphere


The trailer for the latest work of animation by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, was just released at SDCC, and fans of his work were unquestionably excited.

Groening crafts Disenchantment, a fantasy series about the misadventures of Princess Bean and her cadre of kooky companions, in the same distinct art style as Futurama and The Simpsons.  Follow the spellbinding story yourself on Netflix on August 17, 2018.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Fans of Voltron: Legendary Defender received a bombshell about the series at SDCC this year.  The show currently has six seasons on Netflix, and the seventh season will be released August 10th. The stinger is that this will be the show’s penultimate season.

Netflix has confirmed Voltron: Legendary Defender will end with its next (eighth) season.

With the weight of this bittersweet revelation, fans can at least find some solace in the new Season 7 trailer revealed at the convention and other Voltron: Legendary Defender stories online.

The Dragon Prince

A few days before Comic-con, Netflix unveiled they had ordered 20 episodes of a new show from Avatar: The Last Airbender writer, Aaron Ehasz.

The show, The Dragon Prince, recounts the journey of “two human princes who forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.” Netflix sets the show to come out this September, but you can watch the SDCC trailer now.

TV-sphere (Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel)

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

It has been nearly twelve years since the cult-classic, Invader Zim, aired its last new episode on Nickelodeon, but that hasn’t stopped fans. Lovers of the dark comedy have kept Zim and his robot Gir in continually in a cultural zeitgeist. They have clamored for a revival.  Nickelodeon answered the call.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is a TV movie that will be a new development in the beloved series.  Though Nickelodeon did not reveal what date the movie will be debuted, they did release a gripping trailer that indicates the project will be notably faithful to the original show.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

After the cancellation of the series in 2014, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived with an all-new season.  The show chronicles the events of the Clone Wars in the Star Wars universe, which occur between the films Episode II: Attack of the Clones. and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

The first five seasons of the show originally aired on Cartoon Network. Lucasfilm released the sixth season on Netflix. This seventh season will be twelve episodes and will be available on Disney’s streaming service when finished. To get a feel for the next steps of the show, be sure to check out the teaser trailer Disney released at San Diego Comic-COn. #CloneWarsSaved

Big Hero 6 The Series: Overdrive

Following the major blockbuster film Big Hero 6 in 2014, many fans of the science-based superheroes, Big Hero 6, believed that would be the last time we saw any significant media involving them.

That all changed with the debut of Big Hero 6 The Series on Disney Channel back in November 2017. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, we received an exciting look at the vibrant new progression of the show – Big Hero 6 The Series: Overdrive.

In this next step, the members of Big Hero 6 appear to be pushing themselves to their utter limits and beyond.  If you haven’t already seen the show, you can witness a portion of the team’s journey in a free full-length episode provided by Disney.

Big City Greens

A rather unusual show popped up on Disney Channel a little over a month ago, and it’s picking up steam.  As described by Disney, Big City Greens

“follows the offbeat adventures of 10-year-old Cricket Green, a mischievous and optimistic country boy who moves to the big city with his wildly out of place family.”

The show features a minimal detail, cartoonish style with vibrant colors that make the whole thing simply charming. San Diego Comic-Con 2018 gave us a look at what’s happened in the current season and a preview of what’s to come. Check out a full free episode of the series to fall in love with it yourself.


The newly rebooted Ducktales has already made a huge splash among old and new fans.  The crisp line art and character designs coupled with captivating stories and music make the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his family a must-watch.  But if that wasn’t enough, Disney plans to bring the show to a whole new level.

Don Cheadle (currently Rhodey/War Machine in the MCU) will be voicing Donald Duck in the finale of the first season. The announcement seems to indicate the change will not be permanent, but who’s to say what will happen down the road.

Adventure Time: The Ultimate Adventure

Friends, soon and very soon, it will be “adventure time!” for the last time. Cartoon Network’s hit series Adventure Time has been running for over 8 years, and as previously announced, will be ending this year.

A teaser trailer for the final episode, Adventure Time: The Ultimate Adventure, was already released. But now, we know the definitive date of the end, September 3rd.  To ease us along toward this fateful finale, Cartoon Network premiered a clip at San Diego Comic-Con.

Steven Universe: The Movie

Cartoon Network dropped a bombshell at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 by announcing Steven Universe will be getting a TV movie. They did not confirm a release date yet but did release a teaser trailer.

Steven Universe and his family of magical alien guardians, the Crystal Gems, have gone through much growth and learning regarding Gem history and Steven’s mother’s connection to such.  Presumably, the movie will follow these plot threads and progress the story by leaps and bounds.

The Venture Bros.

After over two long years of waiting, The Venture Bros. returns with more installments of intrepid adventures. Adult Swim unveiled the trailer for season 7 at San Diego Comic-Con and announced its 2018 release date: Sunday, August 5th at midnight ET. So… if you haven’t caught up on the hilarious escapades of the Venture family, get to it quickly.


Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Fans across the globe have relished in the completed new entry in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball Super. But Akira Toriyama, creator of the series, isn’t done with Goku, Vegeta, and the gang yet.

As announced earlier in the year, Dragon Ball Super will be getting a new movie with Broly (an evil Saiyan) returning as the villain. The film is aptly titled Dragon Ball Super: Broly. At Funimation’s panel, we finally got the English trailer for the movie and the release month: January 2019.

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 = Start Setting Your DVRs Now

That, folks, is everything fit to print in the world of animation as informed by San Diego Comic-Con 2018.  As the convention season closes, be sure to mark your calendar with the dates of your favorite shows and films. With so many jaw-dropping animated projects on the horizon, you won’t want to miss a minute.

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